SEATTLE -- Mark Reynolds and Nolan Arenado cranked home runs and rookie Kyle Freeland picked up his sixth win of the year as the Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Thursday at Safeco Field.The win moved the Rox (34-22) back into the
SEATTLE -- Mark Reynolds and Nolan Arenado cranked home runs and rookie Kyle Freeland picked up his sixth win of the year as the Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over the Mariners on Thursday at Safeco Field.
The win moved the Rox (34-22) back into the National League West lead, tied with the D-backs, by a half-game over the Dodgers.
"Keeping pace is the key for us," Reynolds said. "We got back on the right track on the road with a win, which I think we needed as a club."
It was a tough day for the Mariners (25-30), who saw their four-game win streak come to an end and also lost standouts Nelson Cruz and Jean Segura to injuries.
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Freeland gave up six hits and two runs over six innings, improving to 6-3 with a 3.53 ERA. He got plenty of help early as Reynolds opened a four-run second with a two-run homer and Arenado followed with a solo shot in the third for a 5-1 lead. Gerardo Parra went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Greg Holland slammed the door in the ninth for his Major League-leading 20th save.
Mariners starter Yovani Gallardo didn't fare well in his shortest outing of the season, giving up six hits and five runs in three innings, as he fell to 2-6 with a 6.24 ERA. Long reliever Casey Lawrence struck out nine while limiting the Rockies to one run over the next five frames.
Gallardo said he feels good physically and is fighting to find a reason for his struggles.
"This is the best I've felt in the last 2-3 years. You can see it the way the ball is coming out and velocity and everything," said the 11-year veteran. "It's been up. It's just frustrating. I prepare myself each and every start to go out and give my team a chance to win, and when something like that happens, it's tough. I wish I had a better answer for it. I haven't done my job this year."
Guillermo Heredia laced a solo homer off Freeland in the second, but Seattle went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 on the day.
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Reynolds' roll continues: The 33-year-old hit 14 homers in 118 games last year for the Rockies. He equaled that number Thursday in his 52nd game of the season, and it was a prodigious two-run blast off Gallardo, projected at 450 feet by Statcast™, over the out-of-town scoreboard in left field. The blast was the second-longest by Reynolds this year, and his sixth-longest since Statcast™ began measuring in 2015. His only longer non-Coors Field homer in that span was a 451-foot shot in '15 in Milwaukee when he was with the Cardinals.
Rally cut off in fourth: Freeland hit three Mariners batters in his six innings, including Ben Gamel and Carlos Ruiz leading off the fourth. Gamel then took third on a fielder's-choice groundout by Segura. But the Rockies limited the damage when Danny Valencia lofted a sacrifice fly to left to score Gamel and narrow the lead to 5-2, as third baseman Arenado cut off the throw home from Parra and fired to second baseman DJ LeMahieu to get Segura trying to advance. Segura wound up hurting his ankle and had to come out of the game on the inning-ending play.
"He has started before for the Blue Jays. This is probably the best stretch of success he's had in the big leagues, getting people out using all three of his pitches. But we have to get Gallardo back on track, doing what he does, getting us six innings and keeping us in the ballgame. It just hasn't happened the last couple times." -- Mariners manager Scott Servais, on whether Lawrence could earn a rotation spot
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Lawrence set a Mariners record for most strikeouts by a reliever in a game, breaking the mark of eight set eight times, the last by Julio Mateo in 2003 vs. the White Sox. The last Major League reliever with nine strikeouts in a game was David Phelps of the Yankees on April 26, 2013. Lawrence's previous career high for strikeouts in a game was four.
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Segura left the game in the fourth inning when he hurt his right ankle sliding into second base, trying to advance on the sacrifice fly by Valencia. Cruz exited an inning later when he was pinch-hit for by Boog Powell at the designated hitter position after taking a fastball off his right hand in his third-inning at-bat against Freeland.
Rockies: The Rockies travel to San Diego for a three-game series with the Padres on Friday at 8:10 p.m. MT. Colorado starts rookie right-hander German Marquez, who has been phenomenal in his last four starts, posting a 1.46 ERA.
Mariners:Christian Bergman (2-2, 4.67 ERA) gets the start in Friday's 7:10 p.m. PT series opener against the Rays at Safeco Field. The 29-year-old right-hander threw seven shutout innings with four hits in a 5-0 win at Boston in his last outing.
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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter [
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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Rockies on Thursday.